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Graphic shows location of Yambali village disaster.


Papua New Guinea landslide fears continue

By Duncan Mil

May 28, 2024 - Around 7,900 people are being evacuated from remote villages as rock and debris continue to move down a mountainside four days after its initial collapse buried an estimate of over 2,000 people.

With rescue and relief efforts hampered by the remote location, a severed road link, heavy rainfall and nearby tribal violence, Enga provincial administrator Sandis Tsaka warned the disaster could yet worsen.

“The landslide is still active, as people are digging through the rocks, more is still coming down,” Tsaka warned.

Australia has pledged millions of dollars worth of aid, including emergency relief supplies such as shelters, hygiene kits, and support for women and children.

China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden have offered their assistance in a show of global solidarity.

PUBLISHED: 28/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images